Women on Ice Feminist Responses to the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle (Paperback)
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|The attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships set the stage for a Winter Olympics spectacle: Tonya versus Nancy. Women on Ice collects the writings of a diverse group of feminists who address and question our national obsession with Tonya and Nancy and what this tells us about perceptions of women in twentieth century America.|
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The attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit set the stage for a Winter Olympics spectacle: Tonya Harding versus Nancy Kerrigan. More than the war of genocide in Bosnia and President Clinton's first trip to Europe, more than David Letterman's mother's interview with the First Lady, these two young women were the center of a media frenzy that fascinated and repulsed millions of spectators.
As corporate sponsorship of female ice skating was rising, the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan fiasco exploded into the media, garnering new attention to the sport. The discovery of a plot to maim Kerrigan for Harding's benefit, and its subsequent legal and public relations fallout, sparked a number of writers and academics to speculate on the relationship of this incident to sports in general, women's sports in particular, and women's lives. "Women on Ice", is a collection of essays from writers who hail from a wide variety of fields.
"...[O]riginal ideas, provocative research, bright writing, even humor--in short, some of the most engaging critical writing that I've read in a while. This is especially so when the writers avoid issues that apply to women's sports in general, concentrating on those that relate to skating in particular." - Jeanne Schinto December 1995